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The Juice is Loose

We got a juicer! That was the one thing we didn’t register for for our wedding. I heard they weren’t really worth it because it takes so much fruit/veggie to make one glass of juice, which by the way, is kind of true. But since then, I’ve also had a couple friends who have juicers and use them all the time. I’ve been a little jealous of blogs that make such pretty colored juices! They look so healthy and refreshing!

Then this past weekend we watched a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It’s basically about a guy who’s overweight and decides to drop some pounds by doing a 60 day juice cleanse (60 days! Yikes!). Now, I’m not planning on doing a cleanse, but it did inspire me to want to eat more veggies…possibly in the form of juice?

So, we went over to Macy’s yesterday and picked up a Breville juicer. We used it last night and today! It’s pretty fun and is definitely an impressive machine. It wasn’t cheap (about $150 bucks), but I’m counting on having it um, forever?

Our first attempt was a fruit juice!

Pear, Apple, and Ginger Juice

We doubled the original recipe, so if you’re juicing for yourself, divide this by 2.

  • 2 green apples
  • 4 pears
  • 2 pieces of ginger
We chopped up the apples and pears so they’d fit, but kept the skin on.
There’s really nothing like fresh juice. It tastes so much better than store bought juices. It’s kind of a lot of work (or maybe I’m just lazy) but it’s definitely worth it.
mm juice

Juice…was served!

So that was round 1. So far, so good; the juice was a success.

Today’s juice was a little more serious.

Mean Green

This time we made enough for tonight and tomorrow so we multiplied this recipe by 4. So, this one (below) is a single serving.

  • 1 bulk of kale
  • 4 stalks of celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 granny smith apples
  • 1/2 lemon
  • ginger root (thumb size)

This was a ridiculous amount of veggies! I definitely think we got our required intake for the day.

The kale was quite a challenge to juice. We found it easier to get through with apples or cucumber before and after the kale.

We had a couple glasses tonight with dinner and will have enough for the morning. That’s it though! It’s kind of amazing how much produce it takes for just a few glasses.

Like the glass? Pretty classy, I know.

I had a pretty healthy dinner of leftovers from last night, chickpea salad, and Mean Green juice!

The juice turned out pretty good. To me, it was a little heavy on the celery, but I don’t particularly like celery so..there ya go. I also just realized I forgot the lemon so that’s probably a crucial ingredient gone missing. But it doesn’t taste bad at all. I was a bit worried considering how much kale was in there but I actually taste the celery more than the kale.

I’ll definitely make it again. Next time, maybe less celery and I’ll actually add the lemons!

Update: This was my breakfast this morning..

Mmm nothin’ like juiced kale and celery before your morning coffee.

 

If you’ve juiced before, what do u do with the remaining pulp? It seems like such a waste of food. Even if you don’t have a juicer, any ideas?

 

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